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Latest update : 2016-02-25

35-hour week: Do the French really work less?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.02.16: France is famous (or infamous) for its short working week. But in reality, the stereotype of lazy French workers attached to their 35-hour week is an exaggeration.

Introduced in 2000 to boost job creation, the 35-hour working week remains a deeply divisive issue here in France. The right wing and business representatives say it’s the root cause of France’s economic woes. Defenders say it’s improved the well-being of workers and productivity. Over time, the law has been watered down, meaning that on average, French employees work a lot more than 35 hours a week.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2016-06-23 France

Baccalaureate: The hardest high school exam in the world?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS, Thurs. 23.06.16: This week we focus on a rite of passage for French teenagers: sitting the Baccalaureate, the national school-leaving exam commonly known as...

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2016-06-16 music

The evolution of French music. And Johnny Hallyday.

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 16.06.16: June 21st marks the annual celebration of music. During the ‘Fête de la musique’, pros and amateurs show off their talent and rock crowds...

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2016-06-09 France

France: Fashion capital of the world?

Shona Bhattacharyya steps in for Flo to analyse the underlying issues of the main controversies in France by replacing them in their political and historical context in order to...

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2016-06-03 France

France: A paradise for civil servants?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 02.06.16: France is famous, or rather infamous, for its never-ending red tape. The country is said to be a civil servants’ paradise. These...

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2016-05-20 French cinema

Why France shines on the silver screen

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Fri. 20.05.16: France is the birthplace of cinema. One hundred years later, the love of the silver screen is still very strong. The state has set up a...

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